And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6 ESV)
This, of course, is speaking of Abraham. He was given promises more than once that his offspring would outnumber the stars in the sky and the sand on every shore. At this point, “he believed.” In the following chapter (however much time transpired between now and then), he blew it.
Did God know Abraham would fail to trust Him when He chalked up righteousness for him on account of this faith? Of course He did. He knows our frame; He remembers we are but dust. How often I cling to that! God was blessed by this baby step of Abraham’s…to believe Him, seemingly against all (human) “odds.” It pleased Him.
And was God limited by Abraham’s failure? When he and Sarah incorporated Hagar into the mix, did God throw His hands in the air in despair because they had meddled in His plan? Of course not. He brought to pass what He had promised. Sarah bore a son, Isaac, and his descendants were very great in number.
We cannot thwart God’s will. We can reject it. We can walk away from it and choose our own way. Sheep are like that. But in spite of the rebellion and wickedness of humans, what God designs will come to pass.
God loves our baby steps of progress, and it is supreme delight to Him when we resign our wills to His because we love Him. He still loves you when you doubt. He knows that much of what He is doing is incomprehensible, and that we are limited to our scope…we can’t see His big picture. It makes us timid and reluctant sometimes. But, oh, the joy when we step out on faith!
God has a perfect plan for everything because He is sovereign. He adores when we choose to be part of that plan, looking up to Him for each new step. Because He is a gentleman, He’ll never tie you up and smuggle you into His will. He wants you to choose. That small (but sometimes very large) exercise of the will is the biggest miracle in this magnificent universe.
Do you understand that? The creation of every star, galaxy, planet, sea, and perfect microbe is a small thing when compared to the choice to bend your will to His. You know your own stubbornness and pride, so when you stop and really think about this it will come as no surprise. Christians are the biggest testimony ever to God’s greatness and goodness. His expectations of us are based upon His having a very good handle on reality, and every shred of faith we possess is joyously added to His heavenly scrap book as a treasure. He has snap shots of ever so many baby steps in your life. He loves each one.
Just keep holding your hand out to Him.
“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.” ~Isaiah 41:13